SLIDESHOW: Bute Vintage Club holds annual ploughing match

Around 30 vintage tractors were joined by two teams of Clydesdale horses at Bute Vintage Club’s annual ploughing match on Saturday.

The event, held at Acholter farm near Port Bannatyne, attracted visitors from as far afield as Campbeltown, Stranraer and Uphall in west Lothian, as well as competitors from throughout Bute, all keen to show off lovingly-restored machinery dating from as far back as the 1940s.

Stuart Murray won the prize for the best work by a Bute ploughman at Bute Vintage Club's ploughing match at Acholter farm on Saturday, September 21.

Stuart Murray won the prize for the best work by a Bute ploughman at Bute Vintage Club's ploughing match at Acholter farm on Saturday, September 21.

For many of the spectators, though, the star attractions were the teams of Clydesdale horses entered by Jock McMillan of Little Barone farm near Rothesay and by Neil MacPhail of Campbeltown - each demonstrating the quality workmanship, and horsemanship, of a time before the internal combustion engine revolutionised agriculture.

For more photographs from Saturday’s event, plus a complete list of all the winners, check out the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 26.